Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation

“Images of Sweden” was the theme of the Engelsberg conference in 2011, arranged by the Johnson Foundation in Sweden. Lectures that were given at the conference were later printed in a book. Hans Bergström was invited to give his perspectives, as a keen observer and a political scientist but also as a Swedish-American. He expressed pride in several social inventions in modern Sweden, like the free school system and the new, robust, public pension system. He noted that some of the basic characters of a stable Swedish political system are changing, like the homogeneity of an old nation state and the dominant role of the Social Democratic party.